New 2015 Mercedes GLA Compact SUV from $31,300* in the U.S.

Mercedes entered the compact segment in the US with high hopes with the CLA, but given the rising popularity of SUVs, the new GLA could be the one to really make a difference for the brand with the star.

Sharing its underpinnings with the CLA and the Euro market A-Class hatch, the GLA will arrive in the States this September in two guises, the GLA 250 4MATIC priced at $33,300 and the high-performance GLA 45 AMG starting from $48,300.

A front-wheel drive version of the base GLA 250 will arrive in the first quarter of 2015 priced from $31,300. All prices exclude (*) a $925 delivery and destination fee.

The GLA 250 models get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four rated at 205hp (208PS) and 258 lb-ft paired to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive version completing the 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint in 7.1 seconds. Among the various available options for the GLA 250 is a $2,200 Sport Package with a body kit and 19-inch wheels and the $1,480 panorama roof.

Sitting at the top of the range is the GLA 45 AMG with a 2.0-liter turbo-charged inline four delivering 350hp (355PS) and 332 lb-ft. Linked to a standard 7-speed dual clutch transmission driving all-four wheels, the AMG model hits 60mph in 4.8 seconds.

The GLA 45 AMG’s $48k price tag can easily swell to close to $60k if you start ticking options such as the $3,700 Carbon Fiber exterior package, $1,480 panorama roof, $2,250 AMG performance seats, $500 AMG Performance steering wheel, $2,480 Multimedia Package, and $1,950 AMG Driver’s Package with the performance suspension, 20-inch wheels and red brake calipers.

The GLA’s prime competitors are the BMW X1 that has a starting MSRP of $30,900 and the Audi Q3 that begins from $32,500.

MSRP excluding $925 destination & delivery charge

  • 2015 GLA250 – $31,300, Q1 2015
  • 2015 GLA250 4MATIC – $33,300, September 2014
  • 2015 GLA45 AMG – $48,300, September 2014

Photo Gallery

You Know You Want This 10K-Mile 1994 Supra Turbo – But Can You Afford It?

This twin-turbo Supra seems to be in all original, and pretty fine, condition, but it has a six-figure price tag.

Modern Take On Iconic Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Looks Absolutely Spot-On

If the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR and AMG One had a baby, it could look like this.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Is Back, Gains Gorgeous Speedster Variant

Only 38 units of the resurrected Vantage V12 Zagato will be made: 19 Coupés and 19 Speedsters.

This Mercedes Driver In New Jersey Parked On Top Of A Toyota

According to the Maywood Police Department, the Merc driver pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Strange Rover: Honda Element Owner Loves British Luxury SUV’s… Badges

This boxy Honda SUV gets some original logos, funny-looking dual exhausts – and that’s all.

Today’s AI Quiz: Do Robot Dogs Dream Of Hauling Box Trucks?

Apparently, Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robots are looking to steal jobs from sled dogs too.

Dodge Challenger Gets Acquainted With The Liberty Walk Ethos

Wide body kits are Liberty Walk’s specialty, and this one seems to suit the Challenged just fine.

Fancy A “Cheap” Rolls-Royce? This Phantom Drophead Coupe Might Be The One

The highest bid for this one-owner Phantom Drophead Coupe currently sits at under $100k.

Ask Us Anything About The 2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Edition

Lexus has handed over the keys to a 2018 RC F – so what would you like to know about it?.

We’d Love To See Tesla’s “Blade Runner” Pickup Look Like This

The Tesla pickup will offer seating for six people and a maximum range of up to 500 miles.